|Rev. Gerald Robinson|
(Scroll down for video) A killer priest murdered a nun on Holy Saturday and the killer is soon eligible for parole, according to court proceedings.
Sister Margaret Ann Pahl, 71, was killed on the morning before Easter 1980, during a wicked act on Holy Saturday. Her body was found in the sacristy of the chapel of Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio.
She had faced her murderer while preparing for services that day. Pahl was choked to death, mercilessly stabbed with a letter opener and then raped. She was found with a cloth covering her torso.
It was a ritual murder with pathological angry features.
Between the 31 stab wounds, there were nine punctures to her heart forming the outline of an inverted crucifix, a demonic symbol.
She had been stripped below the waist and raped with a cross.
The murder was unthinkable. Who would do that to an elderly nun?
Police questioned dozens of witnesses and potential suspects, including hundreds of members of the hospital staff, her sisters of Mercy and Catholic clergy who worked with her.
But Toledo police said they could find no physical evidence, no fingerprints and no threads of fabric
or other blood that often forms the scene of a murder.
As the months and years passed without an arrest, the horrific crime disappeared from the front pages and sank deeper and deeper into the files of the homicide squad.
After an unrelated case of child sexual abuse, Rev. Gerald Robinson was convicted and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for her murder. He continues to claim innocence, despite a series of failed appeals.
Now, at 74, he becomes eligible to apply for parole in 2016.